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Associate Director - Climate Risk & Strategy - Modeller

Date: Sep 3, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team:

KPMG’s Economics team serves a diverse international client base, advising firms on a broad range of high- profile issues, from strategy, to financial stability to impact of regulatory changes as well as competition issues across a variety of industries.

The practice spans a number of functional areas, with core skills ranging from micro and macro-economics, competition and regulatory economics, micro and macro-econometrics, regulatory strategy, cost modelling, pricing and regulatory finance and accounting.

In the macro-economic space, engagements include IFRS9 economic scenario assistance on KPMG-audited entities and advisory banks; stress testing for financial institutions and forecasting market and sector outlook for our deals advisory clients. Our team of economists works closely with leading academic advisors, drawing on in-depth sector knowledge from experts within the KPMG network, to deliver high quality economic advice to our clients.

KPMG’s Economics team sits within KPMG Forensic, and is part of KPMG’s Risk Consulting group.

The highly successful Economics practice at KPMG is looking to accelerate its recent growth. The team typically works with clients at board level, offering interesting and varied work, and the opportunity to earn substantial rewards by expanding our successful practice in the UK and across Europe.

The Role:

KPMG is seeking a Associate Director with significant CGE modelling expertise to join our growing climate economic team. The climate economic team advises clients on the impact of climate change on their business.

The role will involve enhancing our integrated assessment modelling capabilities, in particular in relation to CGE modelling, collaborating with leading academics and working closely with KPMG’s broader climate change modelling practice.


Review and evaluate existing IAMs, in particular with a focus on CGE models

Evaluate and where appropriate initiate development of climate economics tools, modelling and conceptual frameworks

Enhancing and developing the in-house CGE model

Contributing to the enhancement and development of the in-house integrated assessment model

Drafting and reviewing methodology papers and client reports

Conducting technical modelling and presenting to internal and external stakeholders

Contributing to proposals and client pitches

Managing engagement compliance and risk procedures

Managing engagements including scoping, resourcing, budget monitoring, analysis, report writing

Providing training, guidance and leadership to the junior team members

Performance management, coaching and mentoring of junior team members

Participating in the professional development of KPMG Climate Economics team members and assist with the recruiting of new staff

Any other duties commensurate with the senior nature of the role

Skills, qualifications and experience required

PhD in economics or a closely related discipline with a focus on modelling (or comparable professional experience)

Proven experience in developing CGE models and optimisation models to address a variety of economic policy issues

Proficiency in computational modelling and analysis of complex economic models

Strong command on the GEMPACK suite of programs is essential (and GAMS/Python is an advantage)

Strong analytical skills in CGE modelling and excellent command of applied economic theory

Ten years of full-time relevant professional experience in research and applied policy

Flexibility and adaptability to work across diverse projects and to use different economic tools

Proven experience in working independently associated with excellent organisational and prioritisation skills, as well as with ability to lead a variety of complex evolving tasks through to completion

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing

An ability to explain complex economics clearly to non- economists and apply economic concepts and techniques to real world situation

Experience of managing teams and engaging with research/policy stakeholders

Proven teamwork and successful experience working with multi-disciplinary teams

Experience with version control systems (e.g., git, svn)

Proficiency in multiple modelling and/or object-oriented languages is desirable

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